Six people have been killed in a rescue helicopter crash in a mountainous area of central Italy, officials say.
The aircraft came down in thick fog near the Campo Felice ski station after picking up an injured skier.
The rescue was not related to last week’s avalanche that engulfed a hotel nearby killing at least 15 people.
A police spokesman told a news agency that rescue teams had reached the wreckage “and they found the bodies of the six deceased in the snow”.
The helicopter issued a crash signal and people in the area reported hearing a loud explosion, police have said.
Campo Felice is a small skiing resort popular with day-trippers from Rome, which is 120km (75 miles) to the west.